First human in space remembered 50 years later
April 12 marks fifty years since the first human went into space.
Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin orbited the earth in a Vostok spacecraft.
It marked a significant victory for the former Soviet Union which was competing with the United States to be the first country to launch a man into space.
Mazlan Othman, the Director of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs says the flight was a breakthrough for space exploration.
“The Russians and Americans had been sending animals into space, monkeys and dogs. And, it was very important to finally be able to send a human. So there was a race between the United States and the Soviet Union and the Soviet Union wanted to be the first to send a human into space.”